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take a look at this. my favorite shot of all. this is -- at first i thought, is this a screen door? this is someone who opened his door and the snow was pushed against the door so it became the shape of a door. that's kenneth anstrom from nor norththrop, connecticut. take a look at this here. [ child yells ] these are kids out making snow angelings. some of the fun video. >> i wanted that. i love it. look, i am not a child obviously, but even we had the snow, snowmeggedon in d.c. and the fun of is it to go out and make snow angels. >> we can go out with this one. massive snowman. which is beautiful. built in guilford, connecticut.
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from andre g. these are his daughters. >> good job, girls. i think they had some help from dad with the top of that snowman. >> maybe a ladder. i'm 6'1", i'm not sure i could reach the top of that thing. >> i'm brianna keilar. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. stand by for a hard look at what president obama needs to say in his state of the union address this coming week. first, the winter wallop in the northeast. let's go straight to the cnn center in atlanta. >> thanks, wolf. i'm brianna keilar at the cnn
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world headquarters in atlanta, in for don lemon. in a moment, the latest on the l.a. manhunt for a suspected cop killer. first, the story we've been covering all day, the blizzard in the northeast. we go to ashleigh banfield in fairfield, connecticut. how are things there? >> as the day turned into night, the temperatures are plummeting. and what started as a big snowfall story has become a snow on the ground story. the plows are still out all over this state and all over the northeast. trying to keep up with the mess that was left behind. this gas station behind me, it is dead. it is empty. not because they're out of gas, they're out of employees. no one could get here to reopen it. not only that, but the actual gas pumps just started getting too cold and wouldn't work. above this gas station is i-95 and it is chock a block like a parking lot. the problem is, even though the travel ban was lifted in connecticut today, the governor
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said, please, please, don't travel, we're still in emergency mode. we still need plows to get out. we still need those utility crews to get out and restore power to tens of thousands of people. trouble is, no one's listening and it is a mess up there and they are stuck. here's the other issue. six people is our count at this point have died as a result of this storm, so it is very serious. one of those in massachusetts, where our jason carroll is standing by with what can only be described, jason, as one of the more tragic stories of this storm. >> reporter: it's terrible, when you hear about the details of what happened. early this afternoon in a boston neighborhood, actually not far from here, where we are in south boston, it all began early this afternoon when a father and his 12-year-old son, ashleigh, headed out like so many people did today, to clear out their car. basically what happened is the father cleared out the passenger side of the car. the young boy got cold so he decided to sit inside the car to get warm. and he had been inside the car for maybe 10, 15 minutes at the
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most. and he became overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning. unbeknownst to the father, the tailpipe of the car was clogled with snow. that's because a plow had come by the street. the snow, as you know in so many instances, ended up on top of the car. the car's tailpipe clogged with snow. the boy overcome. at one point, a firefighter who just happened to live in the neighborhood, octavious row, heard screams and came out to see what was going on. he was trying to help him. he looked over in the other side and saw a nurse, a 25-year-old woman who also just happened to live in the neighborhood, was giving the young boy cpr. unfortunately, the young boy could not be saved. i want you to listen to what happened when octavius row, that firefight firefighter, came upon the scene. >> when they did bring him out, it was a look i'd seen before and it didn't look good unfortunately, but, again,
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boston ems is very good. they got -- i'm sure they got him to the facility that he needed to be to regain consciousness. >> reporter: unfortunately, the boy did not regain consciousness. he was declared dead at the hospital a short time later. this story really shaking the city in many ways. the mayor weighing in. the governor weighing in. here's what the mayor said. he said, the news of this tragic accident is a sad reminder that the danger of the storm is not over. our hearts go out to that family and their friends who are learning of this tremendously sad accident. and once again, ashleigh, as many people go out to dig out their cars, this is another thing they should be reminded of. the storm has passed but in some situations the danger is still very much here. ashleigh. >> and the emergency, jason, you could not be more right. carbon monoxide poisoning in your case. in other cases, it could be the extreme cold. people are without power.
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the temperature right now where i'm standing is 24 degrees. but with the windchill, it is 8. and in one place in connecticut, in the very least, it's going down to minus 10. those are lethal temperatures if you get stuck. look at, over my shoulder over there. all those cars are buried almost flush. if you go off the road and end up in a high snowdrift because the snow is still drifting in these heavy winds, you could have a lethal night. if it's going down that low and people can't get to you because the roads aren't plowed, we are not out the woods yet. i know there's a lot of other news happening as well outside of these states that have been so affected. >> thank you so much. we'll be checking back in with you. let's bring in cnn meteorologist chad myers. right now most of the blizzard warnings have been canceled or they're going to expire soon. is this over? are we finished with this? >> we're finished with the storm itself. there's still snow in cape cod and nova scotia and the
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maritimes. other than that, this isn't going to go away for weeks. this snow will freeze and thaw and freeze and thaw. the sun will come out, make you snowblind at times. you need to get out there at times and get fresh washer fluid as well because that stuff will fly for weeks on end. get the "cold okay" stuff. don't get the stuff that's going to freeze at 20. make sure it doesn't freeze till maybe 0 degrees out there. yonkers had 23 inches of snow. because there's so much snow on the ground, it will make the temperatures go down to 10 easy. look at milford, connecticut, 30 inches of snow. when you plow it in big piles -- i lived in buffalo a long time, you can still sled in july because the piles they make at the shopping centers are still there. all the way to the middle of summer. up in new york, 30.9. stoney ook, islip, paramus,
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yes, it's gone, finally going away. other than that, we are done. brianna. >> and i'm wondering when it gets really cold tonight, are we going -- obviously the snow will remain as snow but it's going to completely melt and we're going to see that snow that it kind of melts like snow but you walk on it and it cracks when you step on it. >> the sun will melt it some during the day. then it's going down to 10 at night, that puddle's going to freeze. so what wasn't a puddle there on monday will now be an ice chunk on tuesday. because it was a freeze/thaw cycle. that's going to go on for weeks. >> all right, chad myer, you will be watching this for a few days. thank you. the manhunt for a suspected cop killer is focused right now in the san bernardino mountains east of los angeles. that's where cnn's casey wian is. he's in l.a. with the latest on the search. casey. >> reporter: well, brianna, this manhunt has expanded basically
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from the u.s./mexico border just south of san diego, to las vegas. as you mentioned, there's an active man hunt going on in the community of big bear, but there's also investigations going on in other places all over southern california. cnn has obtained exclusively this surveillance video from the alley of a business. an auto parts store in national city, which is just south of san diego. this surveillance video was taken on monday morning, 9:00 in the morning, and it shows christopher dorner and his pickup truck in the alley behind this business, throwing items into a dumpster behind the business. here's what the business's owner had to say about what happened on monday. >> when i came in, opened the shop, and business as usual, one of the employees went to throw
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the trash. after he came back, he came back with a clip like a magazine full of bullets, a belt, a military belt and a helmet. and he brought it to me and said, i found it in the back of the dumpster. >> reporter: now, what's really chilling about this situation is that that business owner's business is right across the street from a police station. he walked across the street, reported what he had found. really ironic to know a man who has professed to have a vendetta against police was just across the street from a police station hours after a double homicide. brianna. >> casey wian in l.a. wolf blitzer is in "the situation room" right after a quick break.
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president obama's about to return to one of the biggest stages a president gets. he gives his state of the union address on tuesday. it's a new chance to sell congress and the nation on his goals for a second term. every word, every gesture, will be analyzed. but of course he knows the drill. he's done this before. let's take a closer look at some memorable moments from his last
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three addresses. >> we have finished a difficult year. we have come through a difficult decade. a new year has come. a new decade stretches before us. we don't quit. i don't quit. we will move forward together or not at all. for the challenges we face are bigger than a party, bigger than politics. with or without this congress, i will keep taking actions that help the economy grow. but i can do a whole lot more with your help. because when we act together, there's nothing the united states of america can't achieve. [ applause ] >> let's bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan, how might the tone of the president's speech this time be different, shall we say, than four years ago? >> well, wolf, the president will go into this state of the union with a more realistic view of the way washington works.
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remember, four years ago, the president talked a lot about breaking the gridlock here in washington, of republicans and democrats working together. but many americans believe that washington is more divided thanner athan ever and the president acknowledged that earlier this week, where he said that things have been frustrating, it won't always be smooth. the president acknowledging that some democrats at times may even be, quote, mad at him, but he still believes, and this is the tone we will hear, that he can get things done. there's this optimism that despite all these challenges he can make significant progress other the next four years, wolf. >> what about the specific themes? he spoke in generally much more grand deyos outlines in his inaugural address. i assume the president will highlight some speck issues in his state of the union address. >> he will, wolf. he'll drill down. we'll hear him talk about the fiscal challenges. he will spend time talking about jobs and job creation. as you know, there's been a lot of criticism from republicans
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that despite the four years that the president tried to create more jobs, unemployment is still high at 7.9% so the president will talk about what he hopes to accomplish in terms of helping small businesses in order to create jobs. you'll hear him also touch on education. something that the president believes is the foundation for economic success in the future, laying out some specifics there. but perhaps some of the biggest themes that the president will touch on, combating gun violence and also immigration reform. those are things that the president has said that he will highlight during his state of the union. we've heard over the last couple of weeks the president putting some flesh on the bones. we expect more specifics on those two issues. two things that the president says are top priorities in his second term. >> dan lothian, watching all of this unfold over at the white house, dan, thanks. the state of the union is a huge test of a president's communication skills. but let's face it, it's also the words, the hard work of speechwriters that potentially could make a lot of difference. take a look at the way some past
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presidents pulled it off. some of them better than others. >> if anyone expects just a proud recitation of the accomplishments of my administration, i say let's leave that to history. we're not finished yet. >> if anyone tells you that america's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way. >> the era of big government is over. but we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves. >> once agai we are called to defend the safety of our people. and the hopes of all mankind, and we accept this responsibility. >> with us now, former presidential speechwriters, both presidential contributors, david frum and paul begala. how difficult is the state of
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the union leading off the second term? >> especially challenging because of the second term jinx. everybody will be conscious that things can go very wrong in the second term. it's written differently from other speeches. it's written in pieces that are then pulled together. so the unity of thought comes at the end, not at the beginning. >> you agree with that? >> absolutely. although the fifth year of a president's term, the first year of a second term, rather, that's the best year. the very first year most presidents -- >> right after the re-election? >> he's been re-elected. there's a great scene in "lincoln" where daniel day-lewis says, i am the president of the united states, clothed in immense power. >> and he finds out the truth. >> right, he has to fee nangle, in the case of lincoln, almost bribe. this president is going to be at the height of his power, the height of his skill. he knows what he's doing. he's comfortable in the room. i think it's going to be a terrific opportunity. have to go one of two ways. president clinton in his first year of his second term had
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specific but achievable things. children's health initiative. he did. balancing the budget. which he did. president bush, much deeper. said a lot of things, but mostly said, let's fundamentally challenge social security. unable to get that. this president in the inaugural address was more in the bush model. he was throwing very, very deep in the inaugural. >> this president is engaged in some very canny tactics. he's launching a lot of ideas. especially on guns, for example. where he must know he probably can't get it. >> can get something. maybe not necessarily everything. >> probably very little through congress. >> background checks? >> i would doubt it. i think what he things he's doing is he thinks it doesn't matter. what i'm doing is elbowing my opponents to the marches. they may be able to win on congress. i will win on tv. because the american people are for these things even if congress is not. the more congress opposes me, the more marginal they look. you can see something similar
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going on with immigration and other initiatives. >> in the second term, he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected. he's looking at his historic legacy. >> yes, and he can play a longer game. if america adopts a social security system along the way president bush proposed, they'll look back and say bush started this. very unlikely to get the gun safety laws the president's asking for. but this will build toward that. i don't think it's simply political. think he's playing a long game for history and policy. >> here's the most shocking thing. the word that was missing from his inaugural is "jobs." this is the biggest problem in the country. we have a new survey from rutgers that shows 1 in 3 american households was touched by job loss in the past four years. it remains true that almost 13 million people are without work now. be even more if we gidon't coun those who have given up looking. >> the most important of his entire presidency. do you buy that? >> so far, yes.
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i mean, obviously, his first address to a joint session right after he was first elected is not technically a state of the union address. but yes, he has been ratified. he has been given a mandate. and yet the republicans still control the house of representatives. and he has to deal with it. president clinton said to them, they sent me back and they sent you back. they put us all in the same boat. they told us to row. here's the direction i want to go in. he has to i think understand their legitimacy. democrats may not like it but the republican legitimately run the house. they have to find a way to row together. >> easier said than done. >> and the president has to lead that. >> but i think he is not going to try to lead in the way of -- he's not going to really expect cooperation. he is being tactical. he's trying to elbow opponents aside. he's trying to -- he's in a much stronger place than clinton was. he has a bigger margin. he has the senate, which clinton did not have. he is going to try to do this
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with muscle and without cooperation. >> we'll be watching senator rubio deliver the republican response. >> the only criticism i've heard of senator rubio is he flying too high too soon? that's a high class problem. he's an enormous talent. maybe the republicans are rushing him forward too fast. but they've got to do something. he's as good as they've got. again, i think what he ought to do is just listen to it honestly. not prepare a speech. bring a notepad and just listen to it honestly and -- >> that's not going to happen. >> why not though. you're going to do that. you're not going to have prepared news coverage. >> the president of the united states speech is going to be very well prepared, teleprompter, every word. >> rubio's is a tiny response to a major address. >> rubio gave the best speech at the republican convention and he didn't wing it. this whole attack on teleprompters is the silliest thing. if you're doing anything important, you prepare and you practice. state of the union, prepare, practice. if you're responding to the
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state of the union, you're prepare and practice. >> come enon, he's a speechwrit, speaking. >> you're a speechwriter too. >> maybe i should revise and extend my remarks. >> we'll all be watching tuesday night. our special coverage begins right after "the situation room," 7:00 p.m. eastern. the men and women who put their lives on the line for the united states are now seeing their paychecks under attack. we're going to show you what the troops are facing.
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the game of political poker is under way in washington with the nation's troops caught in the middle. defense secretary leon panetta is sounding a dire warning about limiting military pay increases which effectively decreases troop's salaries.
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our pentagon correspondent barbara starr's got the details. barbara, what's going on? >> you know, wolf, here in washington, nothing can be more sensitive than pay for america's armed forces, but the troops are looking at being caught right in the middle of it all. >> thank you, sir. >> reporter: the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 dod civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> reporter: the recommendation
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to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of that political fight between congress and the president over spending. >> he should be looking out for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, that he sendses into harm's way. >> reporter: panetta is proposing just a 1% increase in troop pay for 2014. it should have been at least 1.7%, which was the increase this year. it may not be a huge deduction, but it's badly needed cash for strapped military families. for junior enlisted service member with two years in uniform, the basic pay is about $18,000 a year. meaning about $130 less pay than planned. money many families need for gas and groceries. one official familiar with the plan says, quote, it's a pay cut. no matter how it's explained. panetta in his last major speech did not hold back his concern
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about congress failing to reach a deal on spending. >> this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage the fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> reporter: the military warns the army, navy and air force will all see cuts in training and readiness. now, when it comes to the military paycheck, what the pentagon is saying is this latest problem with military pay is because congress, they say, is still funding a number of old, outdated, unneeded weapons. that the pentagon doesn't even want in the inventory anymore. and if that doesn't get fixed, you have to cut the pay, otherwise, another 10,000 troops might have to go. wolf.
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>> big, big story over there. we'll watch it together with you, barbara, thanks very much. lots at stake for the u.s. military. the former pakistani president pervez musharraf sits down with me only a few weeks before returning back to pakistan where he's now a wanted man. many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go.
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i had a feeling of dread when i recently sat down with former pakistani president pervez musharraf here in washington. the conversation was eerily similar to one i had with former pakistani prime minister benazir buddo five years ago shortly before she was assassinated. the former pakistani president, once a close ally of the united states, now is a wanted man in his homeland. but he tells me he's ready to risk imprisonment and even his life to return to the country he fled nearly four years ago. are you going back to pakistan?
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>> i am. >> why? >> because i think pakistan needs me. because i think one can contribute to stabilizing the problems in pakistan. >> reporter: musharraf became president in june 2001 just before 9/11. he allied himself with president george w. bush in the war against terror. but the support of the u.s. couldn't protect him from growing opposition at home. he resigned in 2008. facing the threat of impeachment, he refused to answer charges leveled against him and fled to london. there's a warrant out for your arrest if you come back to pakistan. >> the arrest warrant is not because i have been found guilty of anything. the arrest warrant is because i haven't appeared in court. i didn't go because i know that there could have been judicial activism there and politicalize
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says cases against me. now i believe i have to take the risk to go back and fight the case in the court. >> reporter: there were all sorts of charges pending against the nearly 70-year-old musharraf, including illegally detaining judges and even their families. the crackdown led to huge protests by lawyers. who clashed with police. it was the first organized resistance against emergency rule imposed by musharraf before he fell from power. in my opinion, someone who has studied pakistan, who's been to pakistan, the best case scenario, if you go back, you'll be arrested. the worst case scenario is that threat will materialize and someone will kill you. how worried are you about that? >> both, you are correct on both counts. but if i get arrested, that doesn't mean i'll be in jail for the rest of my life. because the cases against me are all trumped up and politicized cases. in legal terms, they have no
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feet to stand by. i'll fight in the courts and i'm reasonably sure we'll win the case. >> reporter: do you want to go to jail in pakistan, is that -- is it worth it to go back, to wind up and spend at least a few years in prison? >> i don't think -- well, i don't think that will happen. i don't think that. >> reporter: but the other option is even worse, they will kill you. someone will kill you in pakistan. and you must be scared to go back. you haven't been back there in, what, three, four years. >> again, now, you are taking a doomsday scenario. you are thinking the worst. i don't think the worst will happen. now, as far as somebody trying to kill me, yes, indeed. i have to take security measures. which i will. although i can say that there isn't a 100% guarantee of security, but we'll try to
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maximum security i'll take. and i hope such an extreme outcome will not take place. >> reporter: i reminded musharraf i had an eerily similar conversation with the former prime minister benazir bhutto in washington before she returned to pakistan after nine years of self-imposed exile. she was assassinated, just like her father before her. she told me she knew her life was on the line. your family has a history, unfortunately, a tragic history of assassination. >> i know the past has been tragic but i'm an optimist by nature. i put my faith in the people of pakistan. i put my faith in god. i feel that what i'm doing is for a good cause, for a right cause, to save pakistan from extremists and militants and to build regional security. i know the dangers are there but i'm prepared to take those risks. >> reporter: before bhutto left the united states, she forwarded a letter to me and asked that i keep it confidential. she said, don't report this.
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unless something happens to me. and the day she was assassinated, i went on cnn and i read the note that she left behind. i'm going to read it to you right now. just wanted you to know, if it does in addition to the names in my letter to musharraf, i would hold musharraf responsible. i have been made to feel insecure by his mignons. there is no way what is happening, in terms stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or using jammers or police mobiles to cover all sides could happen without him. you're familiar with that note she left behind, blaming you in effect for her assassination. i'd like you to respond to that. because you're about to do what she did. >> but i'm not going to blame anyone. i think this is very unfair to blame the president of a country to provide security to her.
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how would i know that? security was provided to her. >> reporter: you feel you gave her the security she needed. >> yes. >> reporter: you are the president. >> yes. >> reporter: she said you could have ordered more security. you're saying that's not passable. >> again, no, obviously, i wasn't a president who was without any influence like some presidents in the past. i had my standing obviously. but officially, legally, constitutionally, the president has no authority in running the government. it's the prime minister who runs the government with his ministers and the interior minister. >> reporter: what guarantee do you have you will have adequate security from the government of pakistan if you go back to run for election? >> they are supposed to provide. there's a new book they call where these things are laid down. they have to provide security to an ex-president or ex-prime minister. but of course as i said, the quality of that security may be
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wanting. one doesn't expect top grade security as in developed countries. >> musharraf says he will fly back to pakistan in march. it was the last time she spoke to her daughter alive. up next, you're going to see how that deadly colorado movie theater massacre dramatically changed one mother's life. >> she said, i can't wait for you to get here, i need my momma. i wrote back that i need my baby girl. that was the last thing we said to one another. (phone ringing) good afternoon. chase sapphire. (push button tone) this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire.
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it's the last text her daughter sent to her before being gunned down in that horrific aurora, colorado, movie
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theater massacre. quoting now, get some sleep, mom. i'm really excited for you to come visit. need my mama. those words have turned one gun honing mother into a gun control activist. lisa sylvester's here with details of this heart-wrenching story. >> there are a lot of different voices in this gun debate. this is the story of one mother. she's not oosed to people owning guns. she grew up with guns. she knows what gun violence can do to forever devastate a family. sand yes phillips of san antonio texas was 10 years old when she received her first gun as a present from her parents who were avid hunters. >> so i have a lot of respect for weapons. i also have a lot of respect for life. sometimes those two do not go well together. >> reporter: her 24-year-old daughter jessica died, shot twice in an aurora, colorado
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movie theater. >> i got a phone call from the young man with her telling me there had been a random shooting. i asked him if he was okay. he said, i think i've been shot twice. i said, where's jesse? he said, i'm sorry. at that point, i guess i was screaming, from what my husband has told me. i was screaming, please tell me she's not dead. then my daughter was also taken out of the theater by two policemen that came across her body. and she was still breathing. she was dying but she was still breathing. and they picked her up and put her in the back of a cruiser with an officer blue who held her as she was dying. >> reporter: the shooting happened on a friday. phillips was scheduled to visit her daughter the following tugs. jessica had just moved to aurora. right before the movie started, jessica sent her mom these text messages that she shares with us. >> last thing she said to me was, i need my mama.
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she tested, at the theater, i can't wait for you to get here. i need my mama. i wrote book that i need my baby girl. that was the last thing. >> reporter: now sandy phillips who is still a gun owner and has been a member of the nra has become a strong voice for gun control. james holmes allegedly bought i think four guns and thousands of -- >> 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the internet. and yet you and i have to go through a screening every time we get on a plane. does that make sense? >> reporter: phillips wants to see anyone buy a gun undergo a background check. and she wants assault weapons to be banned. there are people who will say, we have a second amendment. this is in the constitution. the united states constitution. that right is protected in the u.s. constitution. >> the second amendment says we are entitled to bear arms. it doesn't say what kind of arms, number one.
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number two, it was written a long time ago when the only weapon we had was a muscat. >> reporter: it was hard for phillips to let her daughter leave the nest but she cheered on jessica in her pursuit as a sports journalist. it's the little things now phillips misses the most. >> text messages that came throughout the day. the tweets that she was famous for. little sass, crass and class, as she put it. she was that feisty, lively, outgoing, loving, funny girl. and i miss everything about her. everything. >> reporter: phillips has been working with the brady campaign. the statement on the administration's proposals said,
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throughout its history, the national rifle association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. keeping our children and our society safe remains our top priority. the nra will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extend of the law. you can just tell in that story the tremendous amount of pain that sandy phillips and the whole family and all the victims have been going through. >> our heart goes out to that family. multiply it by so many cases and you get an appreciation of what's going on. >> that's what people say. this is just one story, one family. you think about all the other families that have been touched by gun violence. >> so sad. lisa, thank you. a cnn exclusive. we go inside syria to talk to some of bashar al assad regime's most loyal supporters who happen to be christians. of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use
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you have heard a lot about the opposition fighting the embatt lempted syrian radegime d we take you to pausupporters wh are christians. we got a rare exclusive look inside. >> reporter: a check point in the christian town. but this is not a government outpost. it's manned by a local christian militia, none of the men would speak to us on camera, a afraid they would be targets for the opposition. they have several hundred men under arms that patrol the streets to make sure that no
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militants get in the fairly safe area. he organizes the group. driving through the streets, he tells me, he can't imagine syria without the town. i don't know why, but we love the president, we love him very much. sure there have been mistakes, but we love him a lot. christians make up 10% of syria's population. so far none of them have joined the uprising. there are 44 churches, the town is a center of pilgrimage for christians around the world. but standing on a hilltop, he points to towns that have opposition fighters, they have kidnapped people from here and fired at people from here. >> we will not leave he said, syria is our country and it's our town. we will not leave even if it's
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destroyed, if it's bombed every day and a thousand people die. it's our land. and we will not leave it. and so the christian members man the check points and patrol the streets. fearful the opposition will try to oust them from their homeland, should they prevail. as the muslim call to prayer rings over the church tops of the town where christians and muslims live side-by-side, many here worry that the conflict in syria could put an end to a calm that has lasted for generations. >> to see more of fred's extraordinary reporting from inside syria, you can go to cnn.com/world. the folks who make the famous board game monopoly has a game changer, and yo, give it up, dude!
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jeanne moos shows us which one and what is replacing it. >> no more iron landing on park place. no more iron passing go and collecting $200. the makers of monopoly are sending the iron to jail. and replacing it with this. ♪ >> the iron has been replaced by a cat. >> what? >> no? really? >> it's very tragic. >> she irons a lot. >> it's the toymaker hasbro's latest has-been among the eight monopoly toe kens, the iron had the least support in an online vote. one guy mistook it for? >> a cuff link. >> among the replacement choices the cat got the most votes. what do you expect with a facebook face-off, web is cat crazy. so the cat played the iron off. posted one supporter, no,